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“Has Asian American Studies Failed?” // Day 2

  • 390 mins

In 2012, Timothy Yu published a short article titled “Has Asian American Studies Failed?” In it, he argued that—although Asian American Studies is now an established academic field—it has largely failed “in our goal of shifting the racial discourse around Asians in the United States.” He stated that Asian Americanists needed to take their work to the public: to be advocates and “cultural first responders” who popularized the field’s insights. Now that seven years have passed, it is time for us to take stock. What has changed, and what hasn’t? The three-day conference taking place Fri Nov 8 – Sun Nov 10 at University of Pennsylvania will seek to answer these questions.”

In this program

Geographies of Kinship

Directed by Deann Borshay Liem

In this powerful tale about the rise of Korea’s global adoption program, four adult adoptees return to the country of their birth and reconnect with their roots. What emerges is a deepened sense of self, belonging, and purpose, as Geographies of Kinship’s four protagonists question the policies and practices that led South Korea to become the largest “sending country” in the world—with 200,000 children adopted out to North America, Europe, and Australia.

JACL Youth Tsuru for Solidarity Coalition Building Panel

Presented by Tsuru for Solidarity

American Peril: Imagining the Foreign Threat Portrait Preview & Panel Discussion

Dr. Fariha Khan, Associate Director of the Asian American Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Masaru Ed Nakawatase, 3rd generation Japanese American, born in an American concentration camp
Justin L. Chiu, architectural, portrait, and travel photographer
Rob Buscher, Festival Director at Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

Gone East, Young Man: Asian American Studies in DC & Virginia

Panel: Gabriella Chu, Jamelah Jacob and Bianca Villa

SAADA: Where We Belong

Presented by: The South Asian American Digital Archive